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I'm a 27 year old EGF 1 dan, playing Go since late 2006. I was active in the community at Sensei's and the former SE-1.0 site shidogo.com, now switched my attention to BCG.SE

I've created a platform for bad Go jokes.


Sep
8
comment Where can I find a good Joseki database?
The Gendai is one of many sources for both senseis/joseki and josekipedia, but I would be very surprised if anyone actually input all of Gendai's content into either database. Further, those databases contain (tons of) information from elsewhere. So they are certainly not equivalent, but rather supplementary.
Aug
7
comment What are good ways to learn to “read” a sequence of moves mentally?
I count tesuji problems to tsumego (I think tsumego translates to (generic) "go problems"), and yes, they are very useful. TimK mentioned Davies' Tesuji book, which I found terrific, particularly for beginners. I actually started learning about tesuji from that book. Some of them are also often seen in games, or (subtly) they are the reason a seemingly obvious move was not played, and it's fun to try and find them. -- I have few experience with Go apps, I only tried a few Android ones and found them so-so at best. I don't have an iOS device, but it's nice to hear there are good apps for that.
Jul
31
comment How can I quickly estimate my level in go by playing against a computer/tablet?
As it is now, it seems this question is too specific and will quickly get outdated. Would you mind rewriting it, for instance along the lines of "How can I quickly estimate my level in Go?", that would allow for more broadly helpful answers, and your particular examples may still be mentioned, possibly with a date or version.
Apr
22
comment Are there specific deck combinations to avoid in Smash Up?
I have protected this thread since it appears that several answers addressed a similar but not quite equivalent question, and that in turn may have caused others to misunderstand the question. Please feel free to have protection removed as deemed sufficient :)
Jan
29
comment Mahjong - declaring another player dead
Which ruleset are you using? Riichi?
Dec
21
comment At what level should one try to teach go?
Referring specifically to the goproblems.com issue: Indeed, sometimes we (as students) are presented wrong problems/solutions. I believe it is very important to challenge everything that looks suspicious, in a constructive manner: First try to find a counter claim yourself, and try to refute it - if you cannot refute it, ask a stronger player. Either he will explain something you missed in your reasoning, or he'll confirm that in fact the problem is flawed. This process is extremely important in actual games: You should challenge every move your opponent plays in the explained manner.
Dec
21
comment At what level should one try to teach go?
That's a strict view, and I think it has a very true core. However, and also for practical reasons (7 dans to teach dans for free are very limited in number, after all), I would add that a student can also learn a lot from simply listening to the teacher's reasoning. While the move may still be wrong, the student will gain some insight from learning a new perspective, if possible even those of several different teachers. However, the teacher has to be careful to clearly differentiate between (highest certaincy) facts and their personal opinions. Just this also enables same rank study sessions.
Nov
26
comment How can I quickly calculate the shanten number in Mahjong?
@PieterGeerkens Yes, I found a way that works somewhat nicely, luckily. I should have linked the questions. I'll leave this on here, however, because it would be awesome to also have some input from a veteran player's perspective - I have very few experience with mahjong as a player sadly.
Nov
26
comment How can I quickly calculate the shanten number in Mahjong?
The general idea is close to what I'm doing right now though.
Nov
26
comment How can I quickly calculate the shanten number in Mahjong?
Well, try something like 1233445567789m then :)
Oct
20
comment What is this game similar to Quoridor?
This one? boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/22266/zig-zag
May
2
comment How can I quickly calculate the shanten number in Mahjong?
@gold Yes. Yaku etc are not important.
Mar
19
comment Is there a competitive version of werewolf/mafia?
I think this idea would work, but you should ensure that the percentage of players of different teams per opposing side is equal. Else, players could attempt to lose on purpose for the greater good of their team mates.
Dec
22
comment What does it mean to be furiten?
Nice answer! Could you clarify what "rest of the round" means? (Until someone wins the current stage and the wall is rebuilt, or until its your turn again after supposedly 3 turns by the other players?)
Oct
30
comment When I put the robber on someone in Settlers of Catan, does the resource I take HAVE to be random?
I like to make one card stick out of the bunch (all still hidden), mumbling I wonder if he can find the ore he needs and that I do not need!
Oct
27
comment What are good standard strategies for Carcassonne ?
Could you add a link to the quote's source?
Sep
26
comment What are good placement strategies for Stratego?
@GWLlosa That's how I see it too. I like applying little mind tricks like these. Just some of the people I played with seemed to be unused to it, and slightly annoyed ;\
Sep
26
comment What are good placement strategies for Stratego?
@AndrewVandever: On a sidenote, some may consider this close to cheating. So make sure the people you play with do not mind being "tricked" like this.
Aug
31
comment How to play teaching game and give a useful review
@shujaa: Yes, thanks, I removed it (my blog is not working right now).
Aug
30
comment How to play teaching game and give a useful review
A quick note about point 2: A major reason for not finishing the games is that it would take too long. Typically I stop around move 50-100 after 1-2 hours. But just like you said, it is better to speed up for DDK players because they make and subsequently understand their mistakes more quickly.